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  • Independent resident advisor appointed and initial demolition notice issued

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    Independent Tenant and Homeowner Advisor (ITHA)

    NewmanFrancis Ltd has now been appointed as the ITHA. This will enable residents (tenants, leaseholders and freeholders) to have access to independent and impartial advice on all matters related to regeneration.

    Over the upcoming weeks and months NewmanFrancis will be arranging events to introduce themselves to residents and stakeholders.

    Initial demolition notice

    In order to minimise the costs of securing the regeneration of the estate, it is necessary to prevent further tenant’s exercising their statutory “right to buy” as this will create new interests that will then need to be re-acquired and could undermine the viability of the scheme. The “right to buy” can be suspended or removed by the service of demolition notices under the Housing Act 1985 (as amended).

    Therefore the initial demolition notice was issued on Friday 28 July on all secure tenancies. The issuing of the demolition notice was part of the acquisition strategy paper which was agreed at June’s Growth Committee.

  • Appointing a joint venture partner

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    Proposals to work with a joint venture partner were approved at the Growth Committee on 16 March 2017. The process of selecting a joint venture partner has now started with the publishing of an OJEU Notice at the end of July 2017. The OJEU notice invites open competitive dialogue between the council and developers who are interested in becoming the joint venture partner. Issued alongside the OJEU notice is a Strategic Development Brief. The purpose of the brief is to enable potential bidders to understand the opportunity and decide whether to bid. It is expected the process will be completed with a joint venture partner appointed by the summer of 2018.

    Following the appointment, the joint venture partner and the council will begin developing the ‘masterplan’. This is a plan showing the overall design of the development, including not just the properties but also the landscaping, public transport information and effective use of open spaces.